Family helps raise reward money to aid investigation
By Kay Hoffer
“He was more like a brother than a cousin.” Those words from 24-year-old Michelle Hendrick-son described her relationship with cousin Harold Meidinger, who died last year in a tragic accident that is still under investigation.
Hendrickson is among those in the Meidinger fam-ily helping to raise reward money to aid the investiga-tion into finding out what happened the night Harold died. To find closure with no answers into Harold’s death is impossible, Hendrickson said.
“Someone should start talking,” Hendrickson add-ed. “It’s too long already.” Harold, 18 and a 2012 graduate of Terry HighSchool, died the night of February 16, 2013 outside of Miles City. The cause of death was due to blunt force trauma involving a motor vehicle. Beyond that, the family knows little else.
The Montana Highway Patrol and Custer County Sheriffs Office is leading the investigation. Crime Stoppers, under the direction of Captain Mark Reddick of the Miles City Police Department, recently got in-volved by adding up to a $1,000 reward to anyone pro-viding information about the incident.
Last month the family began a personal campaign of their own, to help raise awareness and add to the re-ward money in search of finding out how Harold died. Three hundred posters were designed, printed and posted in communities throughout eastern Montana, including Miles City, Terry, Glendive and Forsyth. Donations and sales of wristbands are being used by the Meidinger family to add to the reward money.
So far, in only a month’s time, their efforts have proved fruitful — already adding an additional $1,200 to the reward fund — $400 of that coming from wristband sales alone.
One of 10 cousins in the Meidinger family, Harold is recalled as an enthusiast of hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in general. He is also remembered for his helpful and kind nature — a big, loveable kid, with a touch of ornerness, but a whole lot of heart for those in his family.
Donations to the Harold Meidinger Fund can be mailed to P.O. Box 512, Terry 59349. Those with in-formation regarding Harold’s death are asked to call the Miles City Area Crime Stoppers at 406-232-3411.
Published July 16, 2014